California Agencies Coordinate Effort to Draft Waste Sector GHG Rules

Date: December 14, 2012

Source: News Room

California's waste department and Air Resources Board (ARB) are working together to develop greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction measures for waste and recycling operations that will likely focus on diverting organics, including food wastes from landfills. The effort is part of a 5-year scoping plan required under the state's ambitious global warming law AB 32, passed in 2006 which set a requirement of reducing GHG emissions to 1990 levels by the end of 2020. CalRecycle officials said during a Dec. 11 meeting that the agency will be working closely with ARB on developing new waste-sector GHG measures that will likely be focused on reducing "organics" disposal, such as a measure targeting food waste at restaurants or other commercial generators of organic waste with a goal to cut organics disposal 50 percent by 2020.

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